Definition of nauseous in English:



  • 1Affected with nausea; feeling inclined to vomit.

    ‘a rancid odour that made him nauseous’
    • ‘And there are some patients who are not in pain at all, but still want euthanasia, because they are weak, constantly tired, nauseous, or breathless.’
    • ‘I have a killer headache and I'm getting nauseous.’
    • ‘My temperature feels like it's all over the place, I'm exhausted, headachy, feeling slightly nauseous at times and I have the serious shakes.’
    • ‘But being bombarded with product messages makes me nauseous.’
    • ‘My aunt said Grandma was nauseous, so I wanted to give her some space and went outside again, taking the opportunity to shoot more photos.’
    • ‘Plus, she had been feeling queasy and nauseous.’
    • ‘A day later I became nauseous, was vomiting, and I started bumping into the wall - I couldn't walk straight.’
    • ‘I feel sick and nauseous, but now I try not to remember why.’
    • ‘I've watched a couple of episodes, and they both made me nauseous.’
    • ‘He felt nauseous and depressed, awash on a stormy, bilious sea of confusion, misunderstanding, and despair.’
    • ‘A nauseous feeling came over me and I vomited blood.’
    • ‘‘I woke up on Sunday morning and I was feeling ok, but after I had my breakfast I started feeling a bit nauseous,’ Anderson said.’
    • ‘We invariably travelled on some clapped-out smelly bus that made us nauseous with the diesel fumes.’
    • ‘‘They said they were feeling dizzy and nauseous,’ she says.’
    • ‘At least I haven't been feeling as nauseous these last few days.’
    • ‘All I can remember is feeling slightly nauseous.’
    • ‘The air seemed absolutely dead yesterday; I felt nauseous whenever I ventured outdoors and seriously struggled to breathe.’
    • ‘I suddenly feel very hot… and worse, very nauseous.’
    • ‘So I am fat and pasty, constantly nauseous and frequently sick.’
    • ‘Even the smell of it makes me slightly nauseous.’
    • ‘Nurse says it's a good sign that Peter's not nauseous.’
    • ‘He had felt nauseous, wanted to vomit and, most distressing, felt he was ‘going mad’ and about to die.’
    sick, nauseated, queasy, bilious, sick to one's stomach, green, green about the gills, green at the gills, ill, unwell, bad
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  • 2Causing nausea.

    ‘the smell was nauseous’
    • ‘‘I'm Emma,’ said I, feeling the grip of nauseous embarrassment washing over me.’
    • ‘The bonfires can be seen burning at various times throughout the day and night, with the resulting nauseous effluvia blowing towards the two local schools and several housing estates.’
    • ‘Those who remain loyal to Franklin survive on nauseous lichen scraped from the arctic rocks, or by boiling their own boots; others resort to cannibalism.’
    • ‘It wasn't that he was afraid of blood, on the contrary, but too much blood, exposed organs, and raw flesh with that nauseous stench could already make him sick.’
    • ‘The air around him was heavy with the sickly-sour, nauseous smell of formaldehyde.’
    unpalatable, unsavoury, unappetizing, inedible, disgusting, sickening, nauseating, horrible, horrid
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    1. 2.1 Disgusting or offensive.
      ‘this nauseous account of a court case’
      • ‘It has every predictable, nauseous feel-good film cliche in it.’
      sickening, nauseating, stomach-turning, stomach-churning, emetic, sickly
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Early 17th century: from Latin nauseosus (from nausea ‘seasickness’).